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Fort Gordon dedicates gun range to late former general

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"He was a soldier first, and so naming this range after him is just so perfect," said Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson of the late Lt. Gen. Robert E. Gray.

A perfect day to honor a man who touched so many lives. Thursday morning, Fort Gordon remembered the Lt. Gen. Gray, dedicating a new machine gun range in his name.

"Every time I think about the recognition he gets, it brings back good memories," said Frances Gray-Head, Lt. Gen. Gray's daughter.

Those good memories were nearly forgotten when General Gray was killed in a car crash last November; a devastating loss to family, friends, and soldiers he personally impacted.

"He encouraged me to run for the commission, he also encouraged me to seek higher political office, and just be a strong advocate for the people," said Commissioner Alvin Mason. He served under Lt. Gen. Gray.

"I and many others were mentored and coached and sort of raised in our careers by Lt. Gen. Gray personally," General Patterson said.

 Lt. Gen. Gray's legacy will continue as Fort Gordon dedicates what will become a vital asset to soldiers on post.

"Our range facilities are not necessarily up to par as far as the size caliber type of weapons that we can fire," General Patterson said.

Maj. Gen. Patterson says traveling to Fort Stewart for heavy artillery training is a strain on Fort Gordon's and the city's resources. The new training range will harbor hundreds of stationary, moving, artillery and armor targets right here at Fort Gordon; features Maj. Gen. Patterson says perfectly fits the character of Lt. Gen. Gray.

"He was a warrior," Maj. Gen. Patterson said. "He was always out among the war fighters."

And now, he'll always be among the war fighters as his plaque will lie on the grounds of the range.

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